Our Mission


To enhance the value of military installations and facilities as well as the quality of life for military personnel in South Carolina.

Our Duties


The Task Force shall assist military communities with such value enhancement, address the various incentives to military personnel assigned in South Carolina, coordinate the efforts of the military communities, and provide for other methods and incentives to accomplish these purposes.

The Task Force shall coordinate efforts among the public and the private sectors to maintain a significant US Department of Defense presence in South Carolina.

The Task Force shall advise the Governor and the General Assembly on any issues and strategies related to military base closures, realignments, and mission changed.

Our Members


SCMBTF Staff Members
Bill Bethea Chairman
Sandy Claypoole Program Manager
Haidee Stith Communications

Chamber of Commerce Members
Col. (Ret.) Dan Beatty Greater Columbia
George Ramsey Charleston Metro
Chris Hardy Greater Sumter
Ted Pitts South Carolina
Blakely Williams Beaufort Regional

County Council Members
Eugene Baten* Sumter County
Brian Flewelling Beaufort County
Bill Hearn Dorchester County
Paul Livingston Richland County
William Peagler Berkeley County
Bill Tuten* Charleston County

City Mayor Members
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Marlon James* City of Columbia
Ryan Johnson* City of North Charleston
Samuel Murray Town of Port Royal
Col. (Ret.) Matt St. Clair* City of Beaufort
John Tecklenburg City of Charleston
David Waldkirch* City of Sumter

Governor Appointees
Sen. Tom Davis District 46, Beaufort
MG (Ret.) William F. Grimsley, SC Division of Veterans Affairs
Rep. G. Murrell Smith District 67, Sumter

Executive Committee Members
Bill Bethea Chairman
Col. (Ret.) Dan Beatty Greater Columbia Chamber
Steve Creech Greater Sumter Chamber
George Ramsey Charleston Metro Chamber
Bobby Hitt Secretary of Commerce
MG Van McCarty Adjutant General
Jim Wegmann Beaufort Regional Chamber


Statutory Authority


SC Code 25-11-100 | Establishing the South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs

2013-04 | Executive Order:  Reconstituting the South Carolina Military Base Task Force

2016-24 | Executive Order:  Establishing the South Carolina Veterans Policy Advisory Committee